Page 16 Spring 1990
Book Keeps Expanding Juggling Records
a new world record for juggling
entries in this year's Guinness Book of World Records!
section of the book on "Human Achievements" includes five
pages of juggling and joggling records, many of which were set at the
1989 IJA convention in Baltimore. Gene Jones, Guinness world judge for
juggling for the past 10 years, said the big story this year is
Anthony Gatto's eclipse of Albert Lucas as top record holder. Gatto
was noted for being the first to flash eight clubs and juggle seven
torches, and for endurance records with seven clubs, eight rings, five
dubs, seven balls and seven rings. Lucas still holds records for
flashing 10 balls, 8 plates and 12 rings, as well as several joggling
records. A photo and entry in this year's book also noted for the
first time Lucas's joggling over hurdles as a new world record.
IJA's mass juggle at Baltimore, where 524 people juggled 1,997
objects, is listed. New indivudal achievement records were included
for Eric Berg as a surfing and snowskiing juggler, for Dan Holzman
as an eight shaker cup juggler, and for Larry
Vaksman as an eight-ballmultiplex-on-a-pogo-stick juggler.
Bennett got a mention as a 10 bean
bag juggler. However, Jones said Bennett actually only flashed the 10
bags, and it had been reported as such to Guinness. Jones explained,
'They don't always discriminate between juggling and flashing as
carefully as some jugglers would like, though I have stressed it to
them several times. But they're publishing the book for the whole
world and not just jugglers, and sometimes have to abbreviate the
information I submit." A dozen pictures illustrate this year's
juggling records. Jones said, "I encourage people to send in
photos because they are very interested in the visual aspect of
joggling section included several records set in Baltimore, including
the first womens joggling record (Kathy Glenn's 6:17 mile), Billy
Gillen's 7:41 five ball joggled mile, and Owen Morse's 11.68 second
new 1989 record is the three ball endurance record of 6:26.31
in England by Dave Pope and Jas Angelo. Jones said he receives more
inquiries about attempts to set the endurance and joggling marathon
records than any other category. But he welcomes all inquiries, and
plans to be at the Los Angeles convention to witness attempts.
Guinness Book of Sports Records, to be published this spring includes
joggling and new basketball juggling records set by Bob Nickerson who
is noted for dribbling four basketballs simultaneously and for
juggling three basketballs while shooting 25 consecutive layups. To
contact Jones about world records for juggling, write New York, NY.
"IT'S JUST JUGGLING STUFF --
CLUBS, KNIVES, TORCHES ..."